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About the History Collection

About the History Collection "History," said Alexis de Tocqueville, "is a gallery of pictures in which there are a few originals and many copies." The History Collection assembled here will help you get closer to some of those originals. Selected by librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists along a wide range of criteria, this collection includes published materials as well as archival documents. The items were digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps, and other resources.

Are you interested in the Crusades? We present a 6-volume work edited by Kenneth M. Setton -- truly a collaborative and comprehensive treatment of the topic. Do you like almanacs and anecdotes? Check out Chambers's Book of Days. Here you can click on any date and find out, as of the original publication date of 1879, what R. Chambers of Philadelphia considered important about it. Intrigued by military history? We give you World Wars I and II from many angles, including a "close to home" account of Mildred Fish Harnack, a Wisconsin-born and educated woman who was executed in Germany in 1943 by direct order of Adolph Hitler. These are just a few of the diverse historical glimpses to be found in our digital "gallery."

More Information about Selected Subcollections

The Academic Library in the American University

The Academic Library in the American University First published by the American Library Association in 1991, The Academic Library in the American University by Stephen E. Atkins, presents a critical examination of the emergence and evolution of the academic library as a special purpose institution supporting higher education. This reprint, with a new preface by Charles Lowry, dean of the University of Maryland Libraries, was a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin ­ Madison Libraries and the University of Maryland Libraries. The initial purpose of the reprinting was for use in the Academic Library Seminar at the University of Maryland. This book has proven however, to provide an important historical framework for the study of academic libraries and continues to be an important resource for academic librarians and library educators.

Documents Relating to the Negotiation of Ratified and Unratified Treaties With Various Indian Tribes, 1801-1869

Ratified treaty no. 42, documents relating to the negotiation of the treaty of October 24, 1804, with the Cherokee Indians (October 21, 1804) page 7 American Indian treaties, like all treaties in American history, require ratification by the United States Senate to become law. Treaties negotiated with Indian peoples in the United States (the original treaties are part of record group 11, which is not currently digitized) are often a valuable source of information for researchers interested in American Indian policy. So too are the supplementary documents that offer context and additional information for the treaties. This collection has been created from the microfilm of record group 75, records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, specifically RG 75, Microcopy T494. These ten reels include instructions to treaty commissioners, reports, letters, and in some cases copies of the treaties.

Germany Under Reconstruction

Germany Under Reconstruction The Germany Under Reconstruction digital collection provides a varied selection of publications in both English and German from the period immediately following World War II. Many are publications of the U.S. occupying forces, including reports and descriptions of efforts to introduce U.S.-style democracy to Germany. Some of the other books and documents describe conditions in a country devastated by years of war, efforts at political, economic and cultural development, and the differing perspectives coming from the U.S. and British zones and the Russian zone of occupation. At the same time, the Germans themselves and the occupying forces look back at the National Socialist period and try to come to terms with what had happened.

Historical Primary Sources

Historical Primary Sources Historical Primary Sources presents a collection of historical texts - a classic in city development (Madison-a Model City), an account by an involved eyewitness (Annals of the Famine in Ireland), and an insightful view by a gifted Swedish writer of the United States and Cuba at the middle of the nineteenth century (The Homes of the New World) - mark the beginnings of a project intended to bring to a wider audience a selection of historical primary source materials which might otherwise no longer be available in the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A History of the Crusades

A History of the Crusades A History of the Crusades, published by the University of Wisconsin Press over a twenty year period beginning in 1969, was intended to serve as a collaborative and comprehensive treatment of the topic, ranging in time from the first 100 years of the Crusades to their ultimate impact on the histories of the Near East and Europe. The work is comprised of six volumes, each of which is included here in its entirety.

Nineteenth-century European-American views on Life in and the Peoples of the American West

Nineteenth-century European-American views on Life in and the Peoples of the American West Native American / European-American interaction has been a topic of popular interest and concern and scholarly research in this country since Jamestown. The materials in this collection were selected from the Kenneth Hammer Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to make available to a wider audience rare and interesting nineteenth century views on Native Americans, the Indian wars of the late-nineteenth century, life in the West, and George Armstrong Custer. Among the items are the recollections of an Army wife who followed her husband throughout the West and scholarly investigations from the 1840's on Native American history and culture.

Progetto di costituzione per il popolo Ligure presentato al governo provvisorio dalla commisione legislativa. [and the Riforma della costituzione fatta dal governo provvisorio.]

Progetto di costituzione per il popolo Ligure presentato al governo provvisorio dalla commisione legislativa. [and the Riforma della costituzione fatta dal governo provvisorio.] This book, published in 1797, outlines a new constitution for the people of Liguria, located on the coast of the Mediterranean in the northwest part of Italy. The Introduction of the book states, "The Ligurian people, considering that in the past they have been disheartened, and have become subject to an aristocratic and hereditary government, and are separated in different classes, have established one constitution founded on the true principles of liberty and equality."

Reader Services in Libraries: A Day in Honor of Margaret E. Monroe. John J. Boll, Editor.

Reader Services in Libraries: A Day in Honor of Margaret E. Monroe. John This small volume pays tribute to two remarkable women, Muriel Fuller and Margaret Monroe. It contains the second Muriel L. Fuller Memorial Lecture which was part of a day of activities planned in honor of Margaret E. Monroe on the occasion of her retirement.

Stereoviews of the French Second Empire, ca. 1855-1870

Stereoviews of the French Second Empire, ca. 1855-1870 From 1848-1870 the French government was headed by Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, first as President of the Republic and then as the Emperor Napoleon III. To the astonishment of many (and to the dismay of some) he succeeded in reestablishing the political system of his uncle, the first Napoleon. During this period, known as the Second Empire, there were many changes in France and in French society. Some of these, particularly the more concrete examples, are documented in the stereoviews produced during that time. The rebuilding of Paris is one of the major projects mirrored in these images.

World War I Collection

World War I This digital collection provides a sampling of UW-Madison's World War I Special Collection. The complete collection is available in the Special Collections Department of Memorial Library. Most of these materials were acquired by the University during or in the immediate aftermath of the war and they represent a direct and often very passionate or partisan viewpoint of that conflict. These are primary sources, the raw materials of history, and they bring the first great worldwide conflict of the twentieth century to us in an immediate way, without the viewpoint provided by intervening years and events.

UW-Madison's World War I collection focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on European aspects of the war. It is particularly strong in documenting rescue and relief efforts, and in propaganda materials, but all aspects of the war are included.

We have made a special effort to include visual images in the digital collection, including illustrated periodicals as well as memorabilia. Included as well are two multivolume illustrated histories from combatants on opposite sides: Gabriel Hanotaux, Histoire illustrée de la guerre de 1914 and Grosser Bilderatlas des Weltkrieges.

Organization, conservation, and digitization of the World War I collection was made possible by the UW-Madison General Library System, and by grants from the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries and the University's Brittingham fund.

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